[Alternative/Indie/Pop] Twin Shadow – To The Top

Twin Shadow
To The Top

One of our absolute favorite bands, the George Lewis Jr. fronted Twin Shadow, are back with their first original piece since concluding a gorgeous concept cover series  “UNDER THE CVRS“, and once again the work oozes an incredible amount of musical prowess while revealing a gorgeous and haunting piece of its songwriter. “To The Top”, like much of their recordings, contain layers of structural significance within every inch of its arrangement. From every note plucked on Lewis’ sprightly guitar to the simple yet complete percussive fills, anthemic claps and soaring background vocals; every piece of the tune serves in an ultimate purpose of taking its listener on an auditory journey to its end goal. Never ones to skimp on deeply emotive song content either, about “To The Top” the  quartet wrote something we think most can identify with: “What is it when you realize that someone isn’t right for you? Or when you find that you do not and can not posses someone entirely? You want someone so bad and it feels like hell. It’s not like the first time, once loved love evolves, and you no longer have as much control, and it frustrates you. I think because of this feeling we find ourselves constantly wanting to reset, like new years resolutions, like dreaming up moments from the past where the ending flips on its head, like true forgiveness…We just want to say ‘wait wait wait, this went too far in the wrong direction, can we try that again.'”

“To The Top” is being given away for free through Twin Shadow’s Soundcloud, and although we’ve been craving another album or EP since 2012’s incredible Confess, this will hold us over for at least a few more weeks. Not to worry either as a recent press release has revealed that a follow-up is currently in the works. Gosh, it’s a good Tuesday.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (April 2014 Round #3)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaSick of hearing about Coachella? We understand. Just press play and you won’t hear another word about it….for now.

Plastic Flowers
Summertime Pop
Paradise Awaits.
Arling & Cameron
NY is burning (small speaker_320kb)
Wait And See
Jacob Clarke
Oaksome Gust (WIP)
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[Remix] ZHU – Faded (Feat. Sean Dee)

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ZHU Ft. Sean Dee
Faded (Remix)

Imagine yourself driving down a desert road with no destination in mind, the sunset blazing in the horizon and music blasting through your speakers. You might find this somewhat therapeutic in many ways. Whenever we think about perfect nighttime chill tunes, our minds instantly go to infamous internet phantom, ZHU. For the past couple of months, the mysterious ZHU has been permeating us all with sensual beats that have been seducing the clothes right off of our bodies; delicious in every way possible.

Now take a ZHU track and add some ill ass verses to mellow the vibe out even more and wah-la! Sex. Georgia beat maker and lyrical master, Sean Dee, decided to put a hip-hop spin on ZHU’s original track, “Faded” to which he amplifies the atmospheric tone of the song with simply just the words from his mouth. With the funky deep house undertones and smooth vocals provided by the evasive Zhu, Dee effortlessly paints a fluid picture with verses describing what goes on when the sun sets and the light fades into darkness. This is the perfect tune to groove out to when you need that small reminder that summer is right around the corner. So cheer up ninjas, and blast this one all night long.

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[Chill/Electronic] Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Shine (Kygo Remix)

Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Shine (Kygo Remix)

Fresh off of his sold-out debut gig in London, Kygo has been slowly starting to assert himself as one of the world’s electronic giants. It seems with every passing release the downtempo, melodic dance artist rockets to the top of every blog aggregator or college dance radio chart within hours, and we think his latest rework will be no different. Again, our cruise director has taken an act who on paper has no business even being mentioned within the confines of the dance world, and flips the tune for a beautiful spin through his eyes, this time on Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s “Shine”. Right out of the gate, a charming pan-flute bolstered by a little shaker induced four-four clap segue wonderfully into those unmistakable Leftwich vocals, which themselves are thickened up with a bit of reverb as well. You might have heard this one on Kygo’s recent mix for BBC Radio One’s Diplo & Friends radio show, and if you were anything like us, you couldn’t wait for its official release. We think this will be the perfect recovery tune for our friends getting back from Indio today, so take her for a spin and snag a free download here.

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London Grammar – Interlude (PRFFTT & Svyable Remix) [TMN Premiere]

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PRFFTT & Svyable
Interlude (PRFFTT & Svyable Remix)

After what may have been the craziest weekend in the history of weekends, we think it’s time to take things down a notch and collect ourselves since Coachella did us all dirty – literally and figuratively speaking. Now that we are back to the Monday grind, we thought it would be nice to give your ears something incredibly soothing to vibe to for the rest of the day by up and comers, PRFFTT & Svyable.

PRFFTT & Svyable are no strangers to the remix world; whether it be Blink-182 or Taylor Swift, these two know how to take a song and give it an entirely different meaning all while making you want to dance for hours on end. Today, they have decided to bring out a different, more emotive side of their production with a stunning rendition of “Interlude” by London Grammar. What is wonderful about this remix is that it’s not what you are expecting, and by that we mean it’s not dance music.

Right from the start, we transcend into an ethereal state of euphoria. The harmonious harp and soft piano melodies delicately lead up to a percussion of blissful beats and serendipitous synths that are overwhelming to the senses. PRFFTT & Svyable take this song and add a new element of life to it to which the sequences of notes make us that much more musically satisfied. These two flawlessly use Hannah Reid‘s vocals, which progress from mild to intense as the lyrics build with power and depth. It’s almost as if this song was recorded in the BBC 1 Live Radio studio, because it does not sound like a couple of computers put this together.

This remix of “Interlude” is undeniably going to change the game for producers out there because  much of our generation has seemed to have forgotten the raw beauty of how instruments sound. We have been in need of something new, something organic, and something that doesn’t revolve around a ‘drop’ – and this, ninjas, is what we’ve desperately waiting for.

So if you’re taking this day off to recover from Coachella or just from going too hard over the weekend, then this remix is the ultimate cure for all of the aches and pains. Let this masterpiece consume you for the next 4 minutes and be sure to keep PRFFTT & Svyable on your radars next time around because their eclecticism is about to change up the game. Also – did we mention it’s a free download?! Get your feel on today.

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #80

chill dojo

Festival season is well and truly upon us, but despite all the videos of enormous crowds erupting in front of spectacular stages, let’s not forget that music is just as powerful and inspiring flowing through your headphones when you need it most. If you need an example of this jaw-dropping quality, just peek our first track from the always surprising Lindsay Lowend. Now taking Ciara’s ‘Body Party’ and re-imagining it with 90’s videogame soundfonts was always going to be just for a bit of fun, but you’d be a fool to not take the musical finesse behind this one seriously. From the amazing chord progression to the infectious funk layered throughout, LL continually shows his beat game is at the next-level. It’s always heartening to see good music given the recognition it deserves in this age of content sharing, and the story of Canadian duo Rainer & Grimm was exactly that this week, rocketing to the top of Hype Machine with an incredible remix of new Sam Smith. The deep house vibes are a perfect match for the emotional vocals of ‘Stay With Me’, giving us a shining example of tunes best enjoyed amongst the company of just one special person.

We’ve been building up the return of summer in recent weeks, but consider it officially upon us now that we’ve been blessed with a new “Jet Life” remix from the only man fit to herald in this great season. Sure it’s not calendar official yet, but who really cares when you live according to Viceroy’s “Summertime all the time” motto and have this classic Nelly remake to bounce to. It’s been far too long since our last dose of “Jet Life”, but we know you remember all the words to this one. We’ve well and truly kick-started the dance vibes now, so who better to carry this playlist forward than Oliver Nelson, who gifts us with two new remixes in a matter of days. Better yet, they’re both dripping with that jammin’ disco flavor that we’ve come to love from the Swedish maestro. If that’s not enough big names in one write-up, then a new Goldroom remix should be enough to put the cream on the cake. And how sweet this one is too, pure musical bliss. But before we wrap this one up, it would be remiss not to highlight the seductively smooth new release from Sebastian Carter earlier in the week, so make sure you didn’t let that one slip through amidst all the Coachella buzz.

At the end of the day, good music is good music, it doesn’t matter where you enjoy it. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #80 zip

Lindsay Lowend
Body Party Instrumental (SNES version)
Sam Smith
Stay With Me (Rainer + Grimm Remix)
Ride Wit Me (Viceroy  Jet Life  Remix)
Float Away (Bootleg)
Tears (Oliver Nelson Remix)
Julie Bergan
Younger (Oliver Nelson Remix)

Dont Wanna Dance (Goldroom Remix)
Sebastian Carter
Stranger Sights (feat. Henry Green)
Find You (Vaux & Rivera Remix)
Kelvin Jones
Call You Home (Ed Era Remix)
Hold Tight
Two Can
Your Girl
Tom Misch
The Journey
Tom Misch
Tom Misch
South East
Pixel Fix
Fall (The Walton Hoax Remix)
Glimpse & Electus
Lost In A Moment Of Bliss
Blue Moon
Until Then,Overdue
Cruel Culture & KeOSz
Rooster Cogburn
Initials (Phazz Remix)
Dried Leaves
Neon Moth
Nyolfen feat. さくらゆら
City Lights Reflection
Robokid x Noms
#4Bae (Nikes Remix)
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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 22]

Sunday Night Soul

While most of the ninja team spent the weekend melting away under the desert sun at Coachella, the rest of us here at TMN have been hard at work to ensure that you have the latest and greatest tunes the internet has to offer. While FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out for those who don’t know) is inevitable while our eyes our glued to the live stream on YouTube, we’ve managed to keep ourselves relatively busy by scouring the net for the most serenely sublime tracks we could find. Although we expected a bit of a slowdown in output this week with the advent of festival season, we instead were surprised to stumble upon an overwhelming amount of material while assembling this magnificent playlist.

We can’t safely say we’ve covered everything here, but we’re fairly certain we’ve found the best of the best. Those include selections from Tin Gardens, D.R.A.M., Submotion Orchestra, Iman Europe, Tiara Thomas, Raleigh Ritchie, Betty Who, Bayou, Telescope Thieves, Joey Solo, XONA, WLYN, Falcons, Lido, Maryann, JENI, CompSci, woodini and Kwabs. Of course there’s plenty of other gems hidden below, but you’ll need to sift through to find them for yourself.

Tin Gardens
Leave Slow
Slime ft. George Maple
Soul (FloFilz Remix)
Sye Elaine Spence
Is This Love
Moses Sumney
Royal Auditorium
Feet In The Water w/ Sunny & Gabe
Wait For You Ft. Bianca Rose
Taylor McFerrin
The Antidote (feat. Nai Palm)
Submotion Orchestra
All Yours
Try Me (feat. Ego Ella May)
Iman Europe
Kneva Know (prod. Zikomo)
Aaron Ab Abernathy
In Love/Near
Elle Varner
Little Do You Know
Tiffany Evans
Just Something To Say
Melo B Jones
Shoulda Woulda Coulda (prod. by Žiga Murko)
Maribelle Anes
Lips Lock (Prod. by Maribelle Anes)
August Alsina
Get Ya Money feat. Fabolous
Tiara Thomas
You Do
Math Allen
Get Out The Way (Prod. By The Ambassadors)
1 O.A.K.
Slide Thru Ft. P Lo (Prod. by Hyperspace Music)
Rome Fortune
Come & Get It (Prod. DunDeal)
We Can Make Love
Raleigh Ritchie
The Chased
Betty Who
Lovin Start
Every Little Word
Fantastic Mr Fox feat. Denai Moore
On My Own
b a y o u
The Doin
Telescope Thieves
Svns (feat. Nori)
Grand Beach
Swim Good ft. S. Carey & Daniela Andrade
Jon B
Calling On You ( J LOUIS ) remix
Jansport J
Teresas Prototype
John Legend
GreenLight (Iman Omari Flip)
Melo Zed
About (her)
Joey Solo
Christina (Out now on Play It Louder Vol.2)
If Youre Lost
Better (Prod. XONA)
This Girl
Radio Roman (XONA Remix)
I Got
Duncan Gerow
Tinashe + Esta = Vulnerable
Body Party (Kwok Remix)
Me & U (Altisko Rework)
Doin U Right
Jalen Jenkins
For Me
West District
Persian Rugs (Falcons Bootleg)
Too Much (GXNXVS Remix) (Feat. Sampha)
Brias Interlude (SAVON Bootleg)
Poetic Justice
Kendrick Lamar (Ft Drake)(XONA Remix)
We Be All Night (DERP)
Yung Lean
Gatorade (Lido Remix)
You And Me (Prod By N8 The Gr8)
Miley Cyrus
Adore You (CompSci Remix)
Marvin Gaye
Ive Got My Music (KidBeat Refix)
Jhene Aiko
My Afternoon Dream ( Telescope Thieves Edit)
J Rican
Prototype Body (StarRo X Jeftuz MashUp)
Raheem Devaughn
Woman (Layzie Edit)
Duncan Gerow
Usher + DJ Clue = My Way
Find You (Sci Fi Scheme Remix)
Who Babe (Flamingosis Remix)
Mitch Murder
Mirage (SevnthWonder Remix)
The Weeknd
get it shawty
2 On Ft Schoolboy Q (woodini Remix)
Fluke Nukes
Always (Unmastered)
Something Right
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